NY Times Very Mad Joe Biden Is Not A Fucking Idiot Like Trump

I hope the Pulitzer Prize committee is paying attention, because on May 14 the New York Times dropped some bombshell reporting that should make blood run cold for every American, heck, every citizen of the world.

The self-described “paper of record” in a story bylined by three of its reporters at the top of the Mount Everest of journalism – Michael D. Shear, Katie Rogers, and Annie Karni – uncovered that Joe Biden is obsessed with details and gets angry when his subordinates don’t bring their “A” game.

Truly shocking stuff.

“Aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts,” the Times notes, as if that wasn’t what over 81 million people voted for in November 2020.

Discussing Biden‘s attitude when aides don’t bring him clear and precise answers, the Times drops this shocker: “Let’s talk plain English here, he will often snap.”

Reporter Michael Shear put an exclamation point on the Times’ framing by tweeting out the story with “SHORT FUSE” in caps to make it clear what the paper is trying to do here.

Almost immediately after Shear’s tweet, as if to make it clear they got the message with the storyline to move forward, the right-wing Media Research Center (they’re the crappier version of my former employer, Media Matters for America) pushed out Shear’s tweet.

“Let’s guess how much the TV newsers will talk about Biden’s “short fuse.” Let’s start with none,” they wrote.

Of course, this is false. When the Times frames a story, the bulk of the mainstream press will report that framing verbatim and it will echo across the country and the world – that is the power of the Times.

But the story is ridiculous.

People voted in droves by the millions for Biden because they were tired and terrified of a president who did not care about any details beyond his own television ratings.

Because Trump’s most trusted policy advisors were Fox & Friends (notorious for roasting marshmallows with plastic spoons) and Tucker Carlson (who keeps his Klan robes just slightly to the left of the camera angle), America suffered. Hundreds of thousands of people who did not have to die, died. Because of Trump, children were stolen from their families and multibillionaires got tax cuts while judges who don’t want to see Blacks and Latinos vote were enshrined on the bench.

But the New York Times got lots of access.

We spent four years with their lead White House reporter, Maggie Haberman, writing up what in any other setting would be trite office gossip, about who got to sit next to who and who got face time with the boss and who had their feelings hurt, as if it were serious national news.

Haberman’s reporting was the kind of fodder best left to gossip columns about Brad and Angelina, not the man with the nuclear football. But the paper was happy to get the pablum it was spoon fed and the wider journalistic world absolutely adores Haberman-style journalism and she remains the ideal for the insular in-crowd.

Never mind the stacks of COVID-infected corpses from coast to coast.

Biden was elected with a mandate to fix that and I suspect the overwhelming majority of Americans will like the idea that he has a sharp tongue with aides who don’t give him 100%.

Too much is on the line to follow the Trump line and build a cult of personality like the one we are currently seeing in the Republican Party, where smarts and policy acumen are not the drivers of the day, but rather who’s tongue can lavish the most attention on Trump’s nether regions.

So the Times isn’t happy. Much as they and their journalistic brethren would have been forced to do under Hillary Clinton and how they suffered for 8 years under President Barack Obama, they are tasked with covering a substantive policy-oriented presidency.

Poor babies.

So they come up with these absurd frames, caterwauling to the heavens that Biden may quietly laugh it up in conversation with the American people but is a taskmaster behind the scenes because America is kind of important.

Too bad.

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